Game Events & Opportunities for Students, Designers and Artists

This list is meant to showcase opportunities for indie developers, students and those working in experimental play.  If you are looking for more comprehensive or industry focused lists be sure to check out:,,, pixelprospector. This is a work in progress so If you have an addition, edit or some feedback you would like to share, please get in touch:

Submission Deadline
A MAZEindie videoBerlin, DEMar - earlyApril - late$60
Adobe Achievement Awardsstudent gamesLas Vegas, NVJune - midOct - mid0
alt.ctrl.GDCexperimental playSan Francisco, CADec- earlyFeb- late0
BIG Festivalindie videoSão Paulo, BRApr - lateJune - mid0
Boston FIGindie video and tabletopBoston, MAApr - lateSept - late$60
Come Out and Playlive action gamesNew York, NYMay - lateJuly - late0
Come Out and Play SFlive action gamesSan Francisco, CAAug - earlySept - late0
Counter Playexperimental playAarhaus, DKNov - lateApril - early0
DigiPlaySpaceexperimental playToronto, CAApr - lateFeb - mid0
E3 College Competitionstudent gamesLos Angeles, CAApr - midJune - mid0
experimental playSan Francisco, CAJan - earlyMay - early0
Fantastic Arcadeindie video and tabletopAustin, TXAug - midSept - late$10
Games for Changeserious gamesNew York, NYMar - earlyJuly - late0
GameScapeindie video and tabletopBaltimore, MDApr - earlyJuly - late0
GaymerX East : Indie Spacegames by LGBTQ designersNew York, NYJuly- earlyNov - early0
GDC / Indie Mega Boothindie video and tabletop San Francisco, CAOct - lateFeb - late40$
IGFindie video and tabletop San Francisco, CAOct - lateFeb- late$25
IndieCadeindie video and tabletop Los Angeles, CAMay - earlyOct - mid$95
INDIGOindie videoUtrecht, NLMay - midJune - late0
MAGFestindie video and tabletop Nat. Harbor, MDSept - midFeb - mid0
Now Play Thisexperimental playLondon, UKJan - midApril - early0
Out of Indexexperimental playSeoul, KRMay - lateJuly - late0
Pax East / Indie Mega Boothindie video and tabletopBoston, MADec - lateMar - early$40
Pax West / Indie Mega Boothindie video and tabletopSeattle, WADec - lateMay - early40
Play Festivalexperimental playHamburg, DEJuly - midNov - early0
Playin Siegenlive action games Siegen, DEMarch - midMay - early0
QGCON Arcadegames by LGBTQ designersLos Angeles, CAOct - earlyMar - late0
Radiusindie video and tabletopLondon & ViennaJune - lateJuly - late0
SAAM Arcadeindie video and tabletopWashington, DCApr - midAug - early0
Stugan indie game incubatorStockholm, SEMar - lateJune - Aug0
SXSW: Indie Cornerindie videoAustin, TXDec - earlyMar - mid$20
SXSW: Student Showcasestudent gamesAustin, TXJan - earlyMar - mid0
Terminusstudent gamesAtlanta, GeorgiaApr - earlyJune - late0
UnPubtable topBaltimore, MDJan - earlyMar - mid$45
Vector Festivalexperimental playToronto, CAMar - earlyJuly - mid0